Monday, February 21, 2011
Epicurus and Stephen Hawking
As some of you might have figured out I'm rereading The City of God by St. Augustine. An interesting thing came up. Augustine notes that Epicurus (and his school in general) taught that there are a infinite number of universes. I looked it up in Copleston and low and behold, yes he did. As you might recall, Stephen Hawking proposed something almost identical a while back. It's quite interesting how evolutionary and materialistic thinking haven't really advanced. It's all old-time ancient Epicureanism! Of course both modern materialism and Epicureanism have to operate with the same assumptions. 1. Matter can just somehow fly together in ways that seems purposeful, but somehow isn't. 2. Since it would take an infinite number of tries for that actually to happen, then he must have happened an infinite number of times in the past and our universe must simply have been the one that got it right. As the univese stands it's so fine tuned that one either has to go with a creator and designer or the other thing. Of course, there is no empirical evidence of the multiple universes, whereas there are credable historical witnesses that claim contact with that creator-designer fellow. So which do you consider to be more logical and trustworhty a theory?